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Much of this book is concerned with the division’s time overseas, with good coverage of the early months of learning the art of trench warfare at Ploegsteert and Hebuterne, of the division’s part in the Battle of the Somme, the Third Battle of Ypres, and the lesser known campaign in Italy.
The narrative is drawn mainly from operational records, and notably it avoids the repetition of tedious trench-holding days and well-worn descriptions of conditions. The text is complemented by good, simple and clear maps. As a history of a division, that previously had no published history, Mitchinson’s new history is an important work.

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